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Newest TTC bus - clean diesel low floor - on display

TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The TTC’s newest bus, the first new bus delivered since 1999, will be on display for TTC Commissioners and the media at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 24 at the northwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall. The full order of 220 clean diesel low floor Orion VII buses, with a life expectancy of at least 18 years in the Toronto environment, will cost $113 million.

The new bus uses the latest version of a clean diesel engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has the latest technology to accommodate the disabled community with such features as low floor, high visibility hand holds, and the best and most visible destination and route number signs that the industry has to offer.

“With improvements in the seating configuration and the latest in air conditioning and heating, these new buses will be very popular with customers - they’re enough to encourage anyone to leave the car at home,” said TTC Chair Betty Disero.

This bus is the first product designed to meet the criteria of the Common Bus Specification developed by a number of major Transportation Authorities in North America in meetings led by the TTC in the fall of 1998. The diesel engine used in this bus meets the latest emission standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency of the U.S. and Environment Canada. Of particular interest is the reduction of Nitrogen Oxide emissions to support the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol.

TTC spokespersons will be available at Friday’s Orion VII preview.

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What:     TTC Commissioners view TTC's first new buses since 1999.

Why:      A total of 220 low floor clean diesel buses have been 
          purchased by the TTC at a cost of $113 million and will 
          be going into service over the next two years with the 
          first 85 expected to be in service by September.

Where:    Northwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City
          Hall

When:     10:30 a.m. Friday, January 24

For further information: Marilyn Bolton, Media Relations (416) 393-3741




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